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Monday, 25 April 2011

  • Leading article: Revelations that highlight a president's broken promise
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Not only are 172 men still locked up in Guantanamo but all real movement to close the camp has been abandoned. Meanwhile, the release of more than 700 classified military documents obtained by WikiLeaks last year sheds new light on why many remaining...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: A manifesto for British republicans
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    The bedrock of our constitution is the Act of Settlement of 1701, a blood-curdling anti-Catholic rant, which enshrines the genes and Protestant religious beliefs of Princess Sophia of Hanover in the succession to the throne. This means that any monar...

  • Leading article: The wrath of the squeezed middle will soon be heard
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    This is why new analysis on the impact of cuts conducted by the Resolution Foundation could be politically explosive. According to this independent think-tank, the abolition of child benefit for families with a taxpayer on the higher rate of 40p in t...

  • Leading article: Faith schools must confront homophobia
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    No one would suggest that homophobia was an exclusive feature of faith schools, still less that teachers in these schools, as a group, consciously countenanced it. The problem is that it is always going to be much harder to combat such prejudice in a...

  • Letters: Threat to cyclists
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Far and away the most urgent need is kerb-separated, separately signalled, cycle lanes. If these require a levy on the cyclist then fine, but it is likely that any such charge will prove less than the cost of collection. It might also be considered u...

  • Leading article: An invitation that sent the wrong message
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    The Crown Prince may be an old friend of the Prince of Wales but he is also the son of a despot who has set his government against the "Arab spring" sweeping the region. Far from meeting the demands of the demonstrators who sought an end to royal aut...

  • James Harkin: Wake up to the future of our society – it smells of coffee
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Until recently I'd have taken Gale for a loser. Getting to be a connoisseur of anything and talking about it incessantly, I've always thought, is one of the least attractive features of pompous, joyless middle age. That was before I turned into Gale ...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Indians won't tolerate corruption forever
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    Anna Hazare is not Gandhi. And though he claims to be a Gandhian, a dedicated follower of the Great Soul who helped India secure its independence from Britain, it has been pointed out that some of his beliefs – such as cutting off the hands of crimin...

  • Letters: The Royal Family
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Swept along by the flow of epithets about "this weird national celebration" and "compulsory adulation" (presumably up there with the cult of Stalin) we are asked to consider the "political correctness gone mad" without ever getting to grips with what...

  • Susie Rushton: The tyranny of wedding magazines
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Consider a few, entirely typical, cover lines from the current crop of wedmags. "Real Brides' Savvy Money-Saving Tips," "Dream Dresses From £185!," "794 Ways To Personalise Your Day". I think it's safe to guess that, in Kate Middleton's case, saving ...

  • Leading article: Cycling ahead
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    As we reported when launching this campaign, about 28 cyclists die each year as a consequence of collisions with HGVs and the combined number of deaths and injuries, after falling for some years, shows signs of creeping back up as the boom in cycling...

  • Deborah Ross: The baffling appeal of Nigella and her bunions
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    It's a mystery. I mean, who do you know who might be interested in Nigella's bunions or Suri Cruise's £1,300 Dolce & Gabbana trench coat or Kim Kardashian's giant support pants, as detailed by the paper's specialist Upskirt Reporter, or the mothe...

  • Samira Ahmed: The man from Glencore just doesn't get it
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Apart from the fact that he seems to have confused gestation with maternity leave (UK ladies can actually take a year off, not nine months), what's most remarkable is that Mr Murray might never have let slip his view of women's suitability for the bo...

  • John Kampfner: Margate proves investing in our culture makes economic sense
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    The catalyst for the influx here is the opening of Turner Contemporary. I might be a little biased, as Chair of the board, but you don't have to take it from me. In this newspaper, across the media, and – crucially – among citizen critics and social ...

  • Every parent's nightmare – but how do we say no?
    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Over the weekend, that nightmare became a reality for two sets of parents in west London. One couple is Lynne Jones and Patrick Reilly, whose 15-year-old daughter Isobel – a girl described by her headteacher as extremely popular, and by one of her fr...

  • The Christian world celebrates Easter
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    The Pontiff said politics across the regions should be based on respect for all and urged Libya to allow civilians access to humanitarian aid. Celebrating Easter Mass in St Peter's Square in Vatican City – which was packed with tens of thousands of p...

  • Leading article: Battle dress
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    But it's most unlikely that their uniforms were designed to match the requirements of a woman's body. In consequence, the armour must have been uncomfortable. It is a good thing, therefore, that the world's most powerful army has seen the light and a...

  • Gavin Kelly: Think the cuts are biting? The pain has hardly begun
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    To see why, just look at what is coming in terms of cuts, wages, and interest rates. The cuts that kicked in on "Worse-off Wednesday" accounted for a mere 10 per cent of the total savings arising before 2015 from changes to tax credits and child bene...

  • Virginia Ironside: Why does it pay to be rude on television?
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    There's a lot of tele-cruelty about. Every time Sir Alan Sugar says, so brutally, "You're fired!", I feel uncomfortable. When MasterChef contestants are told their food is inedible, I cringe. When X-Factor wannabes are laughed off the stage, my toes ...

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